Food & Drink
by Aspect County

The Warren

Picture if you would- a 650 acre natural estate set within a bountiful well maintained local countryside. Teeming with game such as venison, wild boar, lamb & rabbits to pheasants and other poultry producing eggs from ducks, geese, and hens. Now picture a restaurant, set on an iconic site with a warm and eccentric atmosphere. An orangery, beautifully lit by crystal chandeliers. A dining room with a roaring fire and the company and prowess of the best in the business. Combine all these ingredients and you could create a real culinary masterstroke. The pièce de resistance of the restaurant game to have such resources available. 

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Nestled in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, The Warren is dedicated to providing a superior dining experience in the region. With an emphasis on using locally sourced, fresh produce most of which comes directly from their very own estate. The restaurant is an extension of the Crowborough Warren Estate, which provides an abundant supply of fresh & natural ingredients. The team at The Warren takes great pride in using the freshest ingredients, including nettles, wild garlic, wild mushrooms, and various berries. Additionally, seasonal game such as venison from fallow deer, rabbit, pheasant, and chicken, goose, and duck eggs are used to create unique and innovative dishes which are sourced again- from their very own estate in Crowborough. You will see a selection of some of their personally reared and sourced food throughout this article. 

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While the kitchen predominantly cooks British cuisine, the team also enjoys experimenting with flavours from other cultures. The menu at The Warren may feature unique options like nettle gnocchi or poached oyster with wild boar chorizo. The team believes that food should be both delicious and sustainable, and their commitment to provenance reflects this ethos.

The Warren Restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a celebration with friends and family. They have created a space that is fun and distinctive. The restaurant is located on the iconic site of Signor Franco’s, which boasts arched windows, an orangery, and a magnificent outside terrace to be enjoyed in nice weather with stunning views of the town.

The goal and vision for The Warren Restaurant was to predominantly showcase the exceptional produce of the Crowborough Estate. The commitment to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and dedication to sustainability makes the Warren stand out from the crowd. It is a celebration of the rich culinary heritage of Kent and Sussex and offers an unforgettable adventure that celebrates the very best of the region’s cuisine. Giving a total Farm to Fork experience

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The Warren also offers an impressive selection of wines and spirits to complement the menu. The general manager Magdalena Szczerbova, who clearly has vast knowledge and fine details of each wine and libation on the menu, is happy to make recommendations and help diners find the perfect pairing for their meal.

In addition to the food and drink, the atmosphere at The Warren Restaurant is warm and welcoming. The dining room is cosy and intimate, with authentic furniture, immaculate table setting and a roaring fire that creates an ambiance that makes you not want to leave. Furthermore, is the orangery with an array of different sized tables, a continuation of furniture throughout with pristine white, crisp table cloths, glistening cutlery and a beautifully presented napkin with the Warren touch really does make all the difference and leaves you eager to explore the menus knowing that what proceeds your choice will surely be up to the same standards. 

Overall, The Warren Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking for an authentic dining experience in Tunbridge Wells. With its focus on locally sourced ingredients, game and meat from its own estate, and welcoming atmosphere, it’s easy to see why this restaurant has become a popular choice among locals and visitors alike. On Thursdays from 7.30pm they have live Jazz music where you can unwind with a drink or stay for a bite whilst losing yourself in the atmosphere and surrounds of the Warren.

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